Berea College currently manages 8,000 acres of forest land and offers both classes and outreach programs related to forestry. Education and demonstration serves as the structure for the management goals of wood, water, wildlife, and recreation.
The forestry effort began at the dawn of the American conservation movement. Berea College, a small private college with egalitarian ideals, provides a unique setting and continues to offer low cost education to capable students with limited financial resources. There is still a commitment to the Southern Appalachian Region.
We are beginning the second century of forestry practice in the United States. The period is marked by contentious debate over forest management. Perhaps, the greatest value of the Berea College Forest is as a resource to demonstrate and evaluate the results of long term forest management in the Southern Appalachian Region.
The purpose of the Forestry Department is to serve Berea College, in support of the Great Commitments that define the College’s larger mission, as follows:
- To manage the Berea College Forest based on up-to-date forest science, maintaining and improving physical facilities and records while enhancing, studying and utilizing varied resources: wood products, water, recreation and wildlife. This is to be accomplished with concern for the educational value and ecologic health of the Forest as well as the financial well being of the College.
- To provide education and service to the Berea College community in forestry related matters.
Both purposes are stated given the significance that forest land management has to the southern Appalachian region and Berea College’s commitment to that region.